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Philippine troops deployed in Iraq, pulled out

21.07.2004 00:08

At 2 p.m. yesterday, 51 Filipino troops completely pulled out from the U.S. occupied Iraq, following the succesful anti-war campaign in the home front to save the life of Angelo dela Cruz who was held captive by the Iraqi liberation army.

According to the infos gathered by corporate medias, Angelo dela Cruz- a Filipino truck driver hostaged by Iraqi militants was released by his captors shortly after the Filipino troops pull-out. This was confirmed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday in a press briefing, announcing that Angelo was already handed over by the Iraqi rebels to the Philippine embassy after she acceded to the rebel’s demand.

The release of Angelo and the pull-out of troops received a warm yet critical welcome from the anti-war movement in the home front against the President’s response to the hostage crisis.

“Our gratitude, however, is not reserved for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It was her, after all, who by supporting an illegal war and occupation put Angelo dela Cruz in harm's way. It was her who by holding the people's welfare hostage to her and the United States' interests held the life of Angelo on her hand. No: we cannot thank the President for putting aside the knife that she herself had held so close to Angelo's neck,” Iraqi Solidarity Campaign- a coalition of peace and justice groups said in a statement. [ Read More ]

Enforced Democracy: the Bolivian referendum

Jennifer Whitney / Notas de Ninguna Parte, 20.07.2004 04:37

Bolivia voting

After a long day of tension, rumors, and occasional provocations, Bolivian polling stations have closed and the counting of votes is underway. But the results are already known. Regardless of whether the “yes” vote or the “no” vote wins, Bolivia’s most valuable natural resource – natural gas – will remain in the hands of the transnationals.

An eye witness report from Bolivia.

[Bolivia Indymedia | We Are Everywhere ]

Oceania IMCistas meet in Melbourne

19.07.2004 04:09

IMCistas meet in Melbourne IMCistas and other media activists travelled from around the Asia Pacific region to gather in Melbourne for the first ever Oceania Indymedia Conference. Highlights from the four day conference included workshops on online video compression and distribution, writing news and features, analysis and direction of the Indymedia project.

Indymedia Centres or working groups represented in some way included: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Aotearoa, Quezon City, Vancouver, Indybay, UK, Global features and the Sydney tech collective Catalyst.

[Oceania Indymedia | Transmission Notes ]

Cyprus IMCista Investigated by United States Intelligence Services

17.07.2004 20:16

Last week we learned that the US Central Intelligence Agency directed the US Embassy in Cyprus to instruct the Criminal Investigation Division of the police in Cyprus to investigate an IMCista who is politically active both in the US and in Cyprus. Petros Evdokas has been living in Portland, Oregon, USA recently and is one of the volunteers and journalists for Cyprus Indymedia

The intelligence investigation is based on an article he wrote for Cyprus Indymedia documenting some of the manipulations by US intelligence operations using the United Nations to influence the recent referendum in Cyprus on the "Annan Plan" (the UN's plan to reunite the island in an apartheid-style arrangement). The article has just been republished by IndyMedia due to renewed interest by newspapers and other political organizations. [ read the article ]

We're trying to publicise this and let people know what's going on. The investigators questioned the author's parents and wanted them to state in writing whether he constitutes a "threat to US interests". The implications of this episode go beyond mere harassment of an activist's and journalist's family. This case illustrates the US policy of interference in even the most minute internal affairs of other countries and it shows the degree to which the local authorities jump when the US says to.

Police brutality against peace movement in Japan is mounting

17.07.2004 01:30

TOKYO, Japan – Three anti-war activists affiliated to World Peace Now (WPN) were brutally harrassed by Japanese police officers by detaining them for a week and later released, after the July 4th "VOTEforPEACE" parade rally that was held in Shibuya district.

According to reports, during the peaceful parade organised by WPN urging the japanese government to withdraw its SDF in Iraq, police officers started to violently provoke the protesters by pushing their back and forced them to walk faster. “Then the police force suddenly got a full nelson on two participants and arrested them, without warning,” Nanashi Solidarity Collective added.

After the incident, some of the WPN contingent immediately held an indignation rally infront the Shibuya Police Station to demand the release of their comrades. But the activists were only assaulted again by the police and grabbed one more innocent detainee. [ Read More ]

Links: World Peace Now (WPN) | "VOTEforPEACE" | later released | Nanashi Solidarity Collective | Read More

Ecuador IMC activist assassinated

16.07.2004 21:00

Lenin Cali Nájera

23 year old Lenin Cali Najera, national leader of the youth of Pachakutik and founding member of Indymedia Guayaquil (Ecuador) was assassinated on the night of June 29th.

more info at IMC Ecuador

Bush's Timber Czar chased out of Oregon

16.07.2004 14:53

With the first auction of the Biscuit Sales (the largest logging project in the modern history of the Forest Service) set for Friday July 16th, it is Now or Never for Oregon's Wild Siskiyous! The sales are not subject to legal action due to "emergency status determination." The "emergency" is that the trees might rot and be worth less money if the process is slowed by public participation and legal action. Protests at the first five Biscuit Auctions on Friday are followed by a camp out at one of the auctioned sales. Events from slideshows to action camps are staking up to culminate August 27th - 30th with the Cascadia EF! Summer Rendevous, also in the Biscuit. On July 30th, A "Summer Celebration of Life" brings together musicians, artists, and activists in a benefit for the Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund; Tre is wanted by US authorities for an alleged arson, and is seeking refugee status in Canada. From July 31st - August 2nd, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and Cascadia Rising EcoDefense will be hosting an Action Camp at the Straw Devil timber sale near Eugene, Oregon. Throughout the next month there will be a hike and camp-out at Medicine Lake, a site sacred to local indigenous groups and threatened by Calpine and Halliburton's development through Bush's energy policy. Mark your calendars now to sing and dance with us as we prepare to defend the Siskiyous and all of Cascadia.

Pdx Indymedia Forest Page | O2 Collective (Siskiyou area) | Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense |

The G8-Genoa trials - update

13.07.2004 18:21

The second preliminary hearing of the Diaz school raid in Genova G8 2001, has been postponed and then has been held on July 9.
The hearings of The Diaz/Bolzaneto Trial where opened on June 26, at the main Genoa Tribunal. The first group of 29 police officers from the Diaz raid, are to be tried first. The 44 police plus three doctors from Bolzaneto are to be tried as the Diaz case finishes. | Statement by the international Diaz people
On the 6th of July there was the first hearing of the counter-exam of the witness Corda. Corda is the policeman who was given the task, with 5 other colleagues, to collect any video documentation of the G8, and with which made a video, collecting images in a way that can influence the jury
Read More | IMC-Italy

Jewish San Francisco Activist Denied Entry into Israel

13.07.2004 11:43

Jamie Spector 7/12/04: Jamie Spector, an activist and social worker from San Francisco, arrived in Israel on Sunday. She was detained for 9 hours at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, interrogated for 1 hour, denied entry into the country, and is still being held. She is one of a dozen or more human rights advocates who have been stopped from entering Israel in the last month. It is believed that she and others have been targeted for deportation because of their membership in the International Solidarity Movement. She also works with Jews for a Free Palestine and the Brass Liberation Orchestra in the Bay Area. Brooke Atherton, who is also an ISM activist from the Bay Area, was refused entry into Israel in June.

Save Angelo! Pull out Philippine troops from Iraq!

12.07.2004 07:39

Calls to pull out Philippine troops from Iraq are mounting as the life of Filipino truck driver Angelo De la Cruz is still in limbo. Angelo was taken hostage on July 8 by Iraqi rebels who are demanding the pullout of the 51 Filipino soldiers and policemen by July 20.

At least 3,000 Filipino's are currently working in Iraq, many of them on US military bases. They are part of the almost one million Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East who fled the poverty and lack of job opportunities in their own country. Angelo De la Cruz, for example, is a poor 47-year-old father of eight from the town of Mexico, Pampanga.

[Pictures: 1 , 2 , 3| IMC QC | IMC Manila ]

Striking Chilean Workers Attacked

10.07.2004 13:12

150 workers at the Indalum factory in Santiago, Chile went on strike on Friday July 2, seeking higher wages. Since that date, they have faced repeated attacks by customs officers. More than fifty workers have been injured, ten have been imprisoned and one has been hospitalized.

Cesare Battisti as a test of Political Asylum - European &quot;anti-terrorism&quot; laws

09.07.2004 18:16

In Italy, hundreds of activist of the 70s are still in jail today for their participation into violent actions in the post-68 Italian upheavals (which lasted over 10 years) and unfair trials. A few hundreds managed to flee and were offered asylum in France by then president François Mitterand in the early 80s, the theory being that forgiveness and amnistia were the best way to calm down things. This policy has been followed over 20 years by various French governments and always confirmed and it had never been challenged by the Italian governments.

Following its very aggressive stance againts lef-wing activists in Italy, the Berlusconi government now seeks a revenge and tests the opportunities offered by the new European anti-terrorism legislation (inspired by the US "Patriot Act"). The purpose is obviously intimidation of activists, which is why we should feel concerned by this old story as much as with the current trials in Genoa.

Cesare Battisti is only the most famous of the Italian refugees, because in his new life as an exiled person, he has become a reasonably successful author of books. Two other people are on the list of the Italian request, but much more feel threatened ; all have renounced violent armed action, although they don't renounce their ideals; a lot have taken wife/husband and have children.

Sign the petition against the expulsion
Feature on IMC-Paris(French)
Via Libre | rezo.net | cesarebattisti.free

THE PERFECT STORM: New York Gets Ready for the RNC

09.07.2004 07:49

The 2004 Republican National Convention will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, August 30 through September 2, 2004. Organizers have been preparing for mass marches, direct action and street theater for nearly a year. And NYC IMC and its paper, The Indypendent, will be on the ground covering it all. || Interviews with anti-RNC organizers || “We Choose the World” || NYC Grassroots Media Coalition, which includes the New York City Independent Media Center, is working to provide convergence spaces for independent reporters from August 27 to September 4. The Grassroots Media Coalition is asking independent journalists from out of town to register here.

Justice for Palestine: tear down the Apartheid Wall!

08.07.2004 20:36

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the Netherlands, will give its advisory opinion on the Apartheid Wall in Palestine on July 9th. In light of the upcoming opinion from the ICJ, the Israeli government is trying to manipulate the truth and disguise the colonial foundation of its racist apartheid policy. It has depicted a decision by its own High Court to move 30km of the Apartheid Wall as a Palestinian “victory”, but Palestinians see how, on the contrary, this decision validates Israel’s claim that the Wall is solely a security measure and how it states that the Wall can be built on Palestinian land.

The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign calls on all people to remain critical of the ICJ opinion, whatever the outcome. Help bring the Palestinian grassroots struggle against the Apartheid Wall to the forefront of global action and amplify the claims of those resisting on the ground:

Tear Down the Apartheid Wall!
Stop the Occupation!
Sanctions and Boycott on Apartheid Israel!

Repression against refugees in France

07.07.2004 06:22

On June 25th,tThe French authorities abused a food distribution for refugees to do a raid in Calais after they said that they would not undertake actions during food distributions. More than 100 refugees were arrested, no matter if the refugees had a residence permit. Complaints against the agressive police behaviour were not allowed. The raid came there, according to local authorities, because gatherings of refugees or food distribution for refugees are not allowed any more in Calais. Supporters of the refugees complain that the French government does not even give the right anymore to refugees to sleep and to to eat.

[ Picture-report | Video 1, 2]

In Paris on the 3th of July more than 600 refugees occupied occupied a parc at the Séverine.
On the 4th of July the police encircled the parc and evicted it afterwards. More than ten refugees had to go to the hospital.

4th of July articles, (chronological): [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6]
Pictures: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4]
On the 6th of July the prefecture of the Paris police gave a list to supporters of the refugees with on that list 26 names of refugees that will be deported. Report and pictures

[IMC-Lille | IMC-Paris]

Dutch activist to be extradited to Sweden

04.07.2004 19:08

Dutch activist Maarten will be extradited to Sweden. After a long battle the Minister of Justice decided to hand over the 23-yo bike repairer to the Swedish legal system without looking into the content of Maarten's controversial case. To protest this decision sympathisers organised a manifestation(nl) in Amsterdam.

The case against Maarten is shaky at best. He is accused of violently assaulting a police officer during a European Union summit in Göteborg, Sweden in 2001. But witness reports by cops are contradictory and there is sufficient video evidence and witnesses to prove Maarten's innocence.

The chances for Maarten to receive a fair trial in Sweden are minimal. During the legal process following the summit, the Göteborg court has shown more interest in making examples than doing justice. In many cases unusually high sentences were given. The convicting evidence was in most cases very meager and there has been provable tampering with evidence by the Swedish police. Amnesty International and a Swedish governmental commitee have expressed strong criticism of the proceedings. A Swedish lawyer estimates that the chances of Maarten finding justice during appeals are practically non-existent.

Prisoners still held in Guadalajara, International Protests

imc-features, 03.07.2004 11:59

Monday June 28th was an international day of action to demand the liberation of the people who are still being held one month after they were arrested in Guadalajara during the third gathering of heads of state from the EU, Latin America, and the Caribbean (ACLUE). There was a march in Mexico, D.F. to demand that the people who were arrested in Guadalajara exactly one month before be set free. Photos: 1 Report: 1 Read more about the Caravana Libertaria action on Mexico Indymedia. Also planned for that date in Guadalajara were a Forum about Human Rights, Constitutional Legality, and Freedom for All Political Prisoners and a Silent March. An action was also planned for that day in Madrid.

Thirty-three people have been imprisoned in Guadalajara since May 28th. Those who are residents of the state of Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capital, have to pay 25,000 pesos ($2,500). Those individuals not from Jalisco are expected to pay 50,000 pesos-- these fees are only the bail that allows them to be released from jail.

Earlier features: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | Mexico Indymedia | Guadalajara Indymedia]

Aubonne Bridge Court Case

02.07.2004 20:35

Coinciding with the beginning of the Genoa G8 2001 court cases in Italy, in Lausanne (Switzerland) the activists Martin Shaw, Gesine Wenzel and Olivier stood trial on Monday 28 of June charged with blockading the road and endangering life, in what has been known as the Aubonne Bridge case.

Following a call by the Aubonne Bridge Campaign, around 100 activists from all over Europe came to support Martin, Gesine and Olivier last Monday. Banners were unfurled outside the court, food was cooked for lunch whilst a sound system put some flavour to the solidarity action. At some point, a theatre group performed outside the court house entertaining the crowd that could not get into the packed public gallery. Although the activists were finally found guilty of "blocking the public way and endangering life'", Martin Shaw will not face any sentence, whilst Gesine Wenzel and Olivier were given a 10 and 20 day suspended sentences.
[ Watch Aubonne Bridge Action Video | Press release 30 June | photos 1 | 2 | 3 ]

[see archive pics 1| 2| 3| video | collected reports]

Art is not Terrorism

01.07.2004 22:26

On May 11, Steve Kurtz, professor of art and member of the Critical Art Ensemble (USA), was arrested on charges of bio-terroism, after he called the emergency services because his wife had died from a cardiac arrest. Now his charges have been downgraded from "bio-terroism" to "mail fraud."

When the police arrived on May 11, they became suspicious of Kurtz's art supplies and called the FBI. Soon agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force and FBI detained Kurtz, cordoned off the entire block around his house, and later impounded Kurtz’s computers, manuscripts, books, equipment, and even his wife's body for further analysis. Dr. Kurtz and CAE are internationally recognized lecturers in the areas of biotechnology, information technology and media studies. Nine artists and one book publishing company, Autonomedia, were subpoenaed in this case.

[ Critical Art Ensemble Defence Fund | background 1, 2 | Sunshine Project ]

Violent Dispersals an opening salvo to GMA’s presidential proclamation

imc-features, 30.06.2004 14:25

2,000 activists were dispersed by anti-riot police squads together with the military forces using tear gas and water canons as the activist groups occupied the Plaza Rotunda in Manila while protesting against Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo’s (GMA) anomalous proclamation on Wednesday.

According to mainstream media reports, the activists were dispersed by the authorities because they massed up at the Plaza without a permit to rally. While some other groups who are about to join at the Plaza were already blockaded by police squads before they plan to pass through the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon Avenue connecting to the Plaza. Violent dispersal has caused several dozens of activists brutally injured.

Report from June 30 | manila.indymedia.org

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